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Characterisation of a Bessel beam optical cell sorting system using microspheres
Author(s): Masixole Yvonne Lugongolo; Saturnin Ombinda-Lemboumba; Sello Manoto; Patience Mthunzi-Kufa
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Paper Abstract

Accurate sorting of specific particles in a mixed population is a desirable capability in the field of biomedical sciences. This enables researchers to purify samples by selecting only the particles of interest. Optical sorting is achieved by using a Bessel beam, which is a non-diffracting, propagation invariant light pattern consisting of concentric rings around a bright central core. This type of beam profile has the ability to employ optical forces in manipulating matter in a sterile environment without physical interaction. The concentric rings enable the simultaneous manipulation of particles of various characteristics in multiple planes due to the different power intensity distributions. Sorting with Bessel beam is an attractive approach using small sample volumes (microliter ranges), which becomes beneficial when working with rare particles of interest and in small samples. In this study a home built Bessel beam optical sorting setup was used to sort polystyrene and silica microspheres of different sizes and refractive indices. Our preliminary results showed that the polystyrene microspheres travelled quicker than the silica type of spheres with the same size due to the high refractive indices. These findings indicate the potential application of sorting different cells with varying refractive indices such as differentiating HIV infected cells from uninfected cells.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2020
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 11238, Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXXI, 1123804 (20 February 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2541971
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Masixole Yvonne Lugongolo, CSIR National Laser Ctr. (South Africa)
Univ. of South Africa (South Africa)
Saturnin Ombinda-Lemboumba, CSIR National Laser Ctr. (South Africa)
Sello Manoto, CSIR National Laser Ctr. (South Africa)
Patience Mthunzi-Kufa, CSIR National Laser Ctr. (South Africa)
Univ. of South Africa (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11238:
Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXXI
Bennett L. Ibey; Norbert Linz, Editor(s)

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